Shrinking world


She forgot herself, her old job, what she used to do.

Did I really work?

Did I do all that?

She forgot her relatives, confused her siblings with her children.

She forgot her in-laws, knowing they were still familiar.

She forgot her children, forgetting she is a mother.

She forgot her husband, perhaps not surprising, he’s been gone many years.

She forgot her grandchildren, doesn’t recognize them.

She remembers how to eat, how to go to bed, how to rise in the morning.

She remembers how to wash herself, though she confuses the shampoo with the body wash.

She remembers numbers, but just barely gets up to ten.

She remembers to smile and she smiles often, everyday.

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10 thoughts on “Shrinking world”

  1. And, these pieces that went missing in her memories will never come back, and as dementia progressed, she will end up being able to do less and less, to the point that she’d needed help on the simplest matters of life like going to the bathrooms, but we still love her dearly…

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  2. You have described MY mother’s life right now too. Sadness seems to be creeping in more now, but the smiles are still there every day. It’s so sad seeing their world shrinking before our very eyes, but such a privilege to be part of that smaller world. My mom is so looking forward to the day when she “steps over into Glory” and finds it Home.

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